Awards and Recognition

  • 2015 Casas de las Flores, Project of the Year, Santa Barbara/Ventura Chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers and Runner Up Santa Barbara Chapter of the American Public Works Association competition
  • 2013 Community Collaborator of the Year Award, Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce
  • 2013 Merit Award, Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce
  • 2012 Best Written Grants, Change A Life Foundation, Los Angeles
  • 2011 American Planning Association, Central Coast, Outstanding Planning and Outstanding Neighborhood Planning Awards, Casas Las Granadas, Santa Barbara
  • 2010 Santa Barbara Beautiful Award, Multiple Dwelling, Casas Las Granadas, Santa Barbara
  • August 2009  Gold Nugget Award: Casas las Granadas (Grand for affordable project under 30 du/acre), Builder Magazine, Read Article
  • 2009 Residential Architect Design Award (RADA), Casas las Granadas, Santa Barbara
  • June 2008 Obispo Beautiful Association Award for Villas at Higuera, San Luis Obispo
  • 2008 Nonprofit Support Center, Leadership in Action Award, Community Partnership
  • 2007 Scoutreach Award from the Boy Scouts of America Los Padres Council
  • 2007 Goleta Valley Beautiful Award for Ellwood Beach Apartments
  • 2006 Terner Prize Finalist, a national award for innovative affordable housing, River View in Guadalupe
  • 2006 California Housing Consortium, Non-Profit Sector - Housing Development
  • 2005 Project of the Year Award, River View Planned Neighborhood, Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing
  • 2005 Legacy Award, Best Multi-Family Housing, River View Townhomes, Home Builders Association of the Central Coast
  • 2005 SCANPH Project of the Year Award. River View, Guadalupe
  • 2005 Honorary Service Award for the benefit of children presented by the Santa Barbara Area Council of the PTAs
  • 2004 Builder of the Year, Home Builders Association of the Central Coast
  • 2003 Builder of the Year, Home Builders Association of the Central Coast
  • 2003, 1996 and1993 Maxwell Award of Excellence, Fannie Mae Foundation
  • 2002 California Association of Non-profits' Mission Impact Award
  • 2001 National Planning Award, The Paul Davidoff Social Advocacy Award, Milagro de Ladera, American Planning Association
  • 2000 Legacy Award, Best For-Rent Multi-Family Housing, Mariposa Townhomes, Home Builders Association of the Central Coast
  • 1999 Legacy Award, Best Multi-Family Housing, Milagro de Ladera, Home Builders Association of the Central Coast
  • 1998 John J. Gunther Award, HUD Blue Ribbon Practices in Housing & Community Development
  • 1998 Silver Secretaries Award for Excellence, HUD's Best In American Living Award
  • 1998-2001 Sustained Excellence Award, Fannie Mae Foundation (one of ten selected from a national competition for a 3-year partnership demonstration program)
  • 1992 National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials' Award of Excellence
  • 1991 Great Western Bank's Leslie Shaw, Sr. Memorial Award for outstanding achievement
  • League of California Cities' Helen Putnam Award to the City of Santa Maria for PSHH's Oak Valley Self-Help Subdivision for "innovation and achievement in affordable housing development"


  • Appointed to California's state Housing and Community Development Local Government Advisory Committee for policies and regulations
  • Trainer in Program Design and Administration for state-wide affordable housing workshops sponsored by state and federal agencies
  • Appointed to Governor's Housing Task Force
  • Appointed to Fannie Mae's National Housing Impact Advisory Council

Comments from State and Local officials

  • Congresswoman Lois Capps:
    "Peoples' Self-Help Housing has assisted more than 1,000 deserving Central Coast families realize the dream of home ownership. In addition, Peoples' owns and manages over 1,200 affordable rental units and is now helping children in some of those families with homework assistance and tutoring. I am proud of the group's wonderful contribution to the community. The Youth Education Enhancement Program is an exceptional example of how to work with entire families to ensure all our kids get the best education possible."
  • City of Santa Maria Mayor, Larry Lavagnino:
    "Through the efforts of the hardworking individuals at Peoples' Self-Help Housing, more Central Coast families live in places they want to call home. Peoples' provides well-managed properties and ensures that much needed education services are available to residents of its communities. While the Youth Education Enhancement Program's core service is after-school tutoring, it does so much more, by opening young minds to the wonders of the world. Education is the key to successful futures and in shaping tomorrow's leaders."
  • City of Santa Barbara Mayor, Marty Blum:
    "Peoples' Self-Help Housing, in addition to providing low-income housing, offers their resident families educational programs needed to succeed. The Youth Education Enhancement Program is an outlet for the children and their families to be exposed to learning and education in their communities."
  • City of Guadalupe Mayor, Lupe Alvarez:
    "The City of Guadalupe is very fortunate to have the River View Town Homes as part of our community. And the children of River View, without a doubt, will be the benefactors of the Youth Education Enhancement Program at the Learning Center."